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The Spy who Loved Me (1977)

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Original Title : The Spy Who Loved Me
Director : Lewis Gilbert
Writer : Ian Fleming
Christopher Wood
Richard Maibaum
Genre : Action
Adventure/Thriller
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Albert R. Broccoli , William P. Cartlidge
Music : Marvin Hamlisch
Photography : Claude Renoir
Distributor : United Artists Corporation
IMDB ID : 0076752
Official site : http://www.mgm.com/title_title.do?title_star=SPYWHOLO
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Starring

Roger Moore James Bond
Barbara Bach Major Anya Amasova
Curd Jürgens Karl Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens
Richard Kiel Jaws
Caroline Munro Naomi
Walter Gotell General Anatol Gogol
Geoffrey Keen Sir Frederick Gray
Bernard Lee M
George Baker Captain Benson
Michael Billington Sergei Barsov
Olga Bisera Felicca
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Edward de Souza Sheikh Hosein
Vernon Dobtcheff Max Kalba
Valerie Leon Hotel Receptionist
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Sydney Tafler Liparus Captain
Nadim Sawalha Aziz Fekkesh
Sue Vanner Log Cabin Girl
Eva Reuber-Staier Rubelvitch (as Eva Rueber-Staier
Robert Brown Admiral Hargreaves
Marilyn Galsworthy Stromberg's Assistant
Milton Reid Sandor
Cyril Shaps Dr. Bechmann
Milo Sperber Prof. Markovitz
Albert Moses Barman
Rafiq Anwar Cairo Club Waiter
Felicity York Arab Beauty
Dawn Rodrigues Arab Beauty
Anika Pavel Arab Beauty
Jill Goodall Arab Beauty
Shane Rimmer Commander Carter
Bob Sherman USS Wayne Crewman
Doyle Richmond USS Wayne Crewman
Murray Salem USS Wayne Crewman
John Truscott USS Wayne Crewman
Peter Whitman USS Wayne Crewman
Ray Hassett USS Wayne Crewman
Vincent Marzello USS Wayne Crewman
Nicholas Campbell USS Wayne Crewman
Ray Evans USS Wayne Crewman
Anthony Forrest USS Wayne Crewman
Garrick Hagon USS Wayne Crewman
Ray Jewers USS Wayne Crewman
George Mallaby USS Wayne Crewman
Christopher Muncke USS Wayne Crewman
Anthony Pullen Shaw USS Wayne Crewman (as Anthony Pullen
Robert Sheedy USS Wayne Crewman
Don Staiton USS Wayne Crewman
Eric Stine USS Wayne Crewman
Stephen Temperley USS Wayne Crewman
Dean Warwick USS Wayne Crewman
Bryan Marshall Commander Talbot
Michael Howarth HMS Ranger Crewman
Kim Fortune HMS Ranger Crewman
Barry Andrews HMS Ranger Crewman
Kevin McNally HMS Ranger Crewman
Jeremy Bulloch HMS Ranger Crewman
Sean Bury HMS Ranger Crewman
John Sarbutt HMS Ranger Crewman
David Auker HMS Ranger Crewman
Dennis Blanch HMS Ranger Crewman
Keith Buckley HMS Ranger Crewman
Jonathan Bury HMS Ranger Crewman
Nick Ellsworth HMS Ranger Crewman
Tom Gerrard HMS Ranger Crewman
Kazik Michalski HMS Ranger Crewman
Keith Morris HMS Ranger Crewman
John Salthouse HMS Ranger Crewman
George Roubicek Stromberg One Captain
Lenny Rabin Liparus Crewman
Irvin Allen Stromberg One Crewman
Yashaw Adem Stromberg One Crewman (as Yasher Adem
Peter Ensor Stromberg One Crewman
Roy Alon Russian Sub Crewman (uncredited
Paul Bannon Sub Mariner (uncredited
Jack Cooper Cortina Gunman
Jeremy Coote Guard in Submarine Pen (uncredited
Brian Gwaspari Tanker Crewman (uncredited
George Leech Cortina Gunman
Bob Simmons KGB Thug
Victor Tourjansky Man with Bottle (uncredited
Chris Webb KGB Thug
Jeremy Wilkin Captain Forsyth (uncredited
Michael G. Wilson Man in the Audience at the Pyramid Theatre (uncredited
 

Plot

When a massive underwater craft abducts U.S. and Russian submarines, global tensions are heightened to the brink of war. In order to find the true culprit, James Bond joins forces with beautiful Russian secret agent Anya Amasaova. Together they follow a trail that leads to Karl Stromberg, a powerful shipping magnate who is implementing a horrific scheme for world domination. Bond struggles to foil the plot, but Stromberg has provided him with the most lethal adversary: Jaws, a seemingly indestructible steel-toothed giant. Agent 007's adventure takes him to the Egyptian pyramids, under the sea and to a mountaintop ski chase that builds to one of the most amazing stunts ever filmed.
 

Comments

Bond, Back to Basics..., 7 April 2004 Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada After the critical and commercial beating taken by THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, producer Albert Broccoli, now solely in charge of the 007 franchise, had to re-evaluate the series for the third time in less than ten years. Certainly, Roger Moore would never be believable in a Sean Connery-type Bond film, but couldn't some of the series' best elements be restored, and the comedy reduced a bit, to make Moore's Bond a bit more believable? The research, which became the basis of THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, took over two years to complete, and the script went through many writers before the final draft, by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum. With a renewed emphasis on more realistic action, Broccoli brought back Lewis Gilbert to direct, his earlier Bond effort, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, while not a major 'hit', had featured the most spectacular action sequences of the series. With Gilbert on board, the production became very reminiscent of the Connery film (Even the concept of a supertanker 'swallowing' submarines echoed YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, and the spacecraft-'eating' SPECTRE capsule). As the villain, esteemed German actor Curt Jurgens was cast as Karl Stromberg, an ideal choice, as the actor, with his bulging eyes, 'fit' the role of a fish-like megalomaniac. Playing his henchman, Jaws, in an inspired piece of casting, giant Richard Kiel, complete with 'bear-trap' steel teeth, would provide Moore with the greatest danger he'd ever face as Bond. Kiel was, in fact, so good in the role (possibly the most popular villain of the entire 007 franchise), that he would return in MOONRAKER, to bedevil Bond some more. Less successful, dramatically, but still astonishing to watch would be Stromberg's 'hit woman', Naomi, played by voluptuous Caroline Munro.In an effort to 'update' Bond into an era of feminists, the strongest, most independent love interest to appear in at Bond film to that point was introduced. Major Anya Amasova, played by Ringo Starr's wife, the exotically beautiful Barbara Bach, was Bond's opposite number on the Russian side, an equal to 007 in every way. In a pivotal scene, she would display a knowledge of Bond's past that even included his dead wife, Tracy (the first time Bond's marriage had been mentioned since ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE). Moore's reaction to her comment would be both emotional and abrupt, and demonstrated that he could do far more than just deliver witty one-liners. From the spectacular ski chase pre-title sequence, climaxing with a parachute free fall off a cliff (love that 'Union Jack'), to Bond and Anya's confrontations with Jaws, in Egypt (reminiscent of Bond's fights with Oddjob in GOLDFINGER and Tee Hee in LIVE AND LET DIE), to the amazing Lotus that would do service on land and in the ocean, to the massive tanker battle while Bond disarms a nuclear warhead (shades of GOLDFINGER), THE SPY WHO LOVED ME would do homage to 007's previous adventures, and utilize humor in support of the on-screen action, instead of spoofing it (other than the brief use of the LAWRENCE OF ARABIA theme...you'll spot it).And to top things off, Carly Simon's rendition of the film's title tune, "Nobody Does It Better", would become a Top Ten hit, worldwide.Critics and audiences loved THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, hailing it as Moore's best work, and one of the better Bonds of all time. Things were, again, looking up for 007...but STAR WARS was about to debut, and things would go dreadfully amiss, when Broccoli decided to send Bond into space, in MOONRAKER...
 
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